I agree, they are wonderful to read. However it was just the other way for me. I started with the DE Warlord of Mars comics (only because Joe Jusko was doing the covers.) After reading a few of those comics and seeing what others on this forum were saying about the original ERB books, I decided to get the books for myself. I am glad I did. I am also glad DE started this line of comics, because without that chances are I would never had read these books.